As Glenn Reynolds quips in such situations, “You’re going to need a bigger blog.”
The most depressing post-shooting development is that the Uvalde police completely abdicated their duty and allowed the maniac in an elementary school to keep shooting children. Texas DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez explained on CNN why police officers were reluctant to enter Robb Elementary School while the murders were going on. “They could have been shot. They could have been killed,” he said.
Oh. Well that explains it then. Of course, the police outnumbered the 18-year-old and presumably had more training, they could hear the shots, and being armed themselves, they still has a better chance at survival than the children , but, hey, look out for #1, right?
The shooter entered Robb Elementary School through an open door , barricaded himself in a classroom and killed 19 children and two teachers. Nobody stood in his way. He had been outside the school for 12 minutes, firing at a funeral home across the street. The first 911 call was made at 11:30 am, and police didn’t arrive until 11:44. A Border Patrol tactical team finally entered the school almost an hour after Salvador Ramos had started shooting students, at around 12:40 p.m. They were able to get into the classroom and kill Ramos.
Meanwhile, reports that have not been definitively confirmed or disproved claim from witnesses that some police officers entered the school to rescue their own children, and that police pepper sprayed and handcuffed some parents who were demanding that they stop the shooter.
- Everyone should wait for the facts to come out.
- The conduct of the police does not change or mitigate the fact that an 18-year-old with a troubled history managed to buy two guns legally and use them to murder 19 children and two teachers in a school. If he had entered the school and failed to kill anyone, the issues would be the same. The anti-Second Amendment activists and demagogues just wouldn’t have had enough to work with.
- The argument that citizens shouldn’t have access to guns isn’t supported by the alleged conduct by the police in this tragedy. In fact, the opposite is the case. If police won’t take risks to save endangered children and use their weapons, then citizens must have the tools to do the job the police won’t.
The reactions of various prominent individuals get them tickets on this train wreck. For example,
- Pollster Frank Luntz suggests euphemisms will help the effort to constrain Second Amendment rights. “‘Gun control’ makes it irreversibly political. ‘Gun safety’ is something everyone can agree on,’ Luntz tweeted on Thursday. Luntz is the author of the book “Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear.”
Yes, the way to slip laws and policies by the public is to be deceitful and hide what really is involved: you know, like calling support for killing fetuses “pro-choice.” Luntz is a weasel.
- The gun company that made one of the weapons Ramos purchased is going out of its way to act guilty and to behave in a manner that gives anti-gun Democrats “ammunition.” Of course, Daniel Defense has already showed an absence of ethics alarms and common sense.
The arms manufacturer whose website states, “At Daniel Defense, we celebrate the liberty of our country, the enthusiasm of our customers and employees, and the quality and accuracy of our products” issued a social media post on May 16, the day Ramos turned 18. It read,
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The post included a photo of a toddler sitting with an AR-15-style assault rifle on its lap. Daniel Defense posted the same image and text on Instagram that day, which included the hashtag #childrenarethefuture. Yes, that’s moral luck again, but a gun company that uses such promotion techniques is playing, uh, Russian Roulette.
Then the company deleted the posts. Either a company has a genuine belief in what it does, or it know that its business is unethical. There is no integrity at Daniel Defense.
- Ugh. Herschel Walker, the Trump-backed candidate for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, said the following in response to questions about the shooting:
Cain killed Abel and that’s a problem that we have. What we need to do is look into how we can stop those things. You know, you talked about doing a disinformation — what about getting a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women that’s looking at their social media. What about doing that? Looking into things like that and we can stop that that way. But yet they want to just continue to talk about taking away your constitutional rights. And I think there’s more things we need to look into. This has been happening for years and the way we stop it is putting money into the mental health field, by putting money into other departments rather than departments that want to take away your rights.”
Got it! Walker is an idiot. This is signature significance: he’s less articulate and even worse off-script than Kamala Harris. Walker’s flacks tried to clean up this mess, but that’s impossible: I will state with 100% certainty that candidate who cannot respond more competently than that gibberish has no business running for the U.S. Senate or getting a single vote in the election, and it doesn’t matter if he is running against a lump of cheese. It’s a disgrace that he’s in this position, and the Republican Party, Donald Trump who endorsed him, GOP voters in the primary, and Walker himself share that shame.
That’s all I can take right now.
More to come.